Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

Call for Papers “Access to Justice in the Americas”

November 21th, 2019

A consortium of academic networks, public defenders, and activists from the Americas has been working to bring different perspectives on access to justice for persons in a situation of vulnerability. This innovative project aims to map current discussions about legal and institutional responses to a broad spectrum of questions, ranging from chronic social problems to humanitarian crises. We are deeply interested in promoting an intercontinental debate that allows for a better exchange of knowledge, experience and strategies acquired by professionals, activists, organizations and researchers. This connection will help to analyze the sales and limitations of contemporary institutional projects for access to justice, to show examples, to broaden the network of human rights defenders and to propose original solutions for a more accessible justice system. The manuscripts will be peer-reviewed and, if selected, will be published in the first electronic book edition “Access to Justice in the Americas”.


The project seeks work written by professionals, researchers and activists who address one of the following topics:

  1. Models of access to justice: the history, evolution and institutional challenges of the different models of organization and provision of legal services funded by public funds to vulnerable people in different countries and regions of the Americas (for example: legal assistance, lawyers) of office, community legal clinics and the Public Defender);
  2. Cases of strategic litigation and defense of human rights that illustrate the strengths, weaknesses and challenges of the various models of access to justice;
  3. Legal reform projects, innovative institutional projects and proposals for effective access to justice for vulnerable populations and minorities (black population, indigenous and traditional people, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTI +, among others) and for democratic participation in them justice system;
  4. The relationship between the cultures of human rights and the models of access to justice;
  5. Access to justice in the inter-American human rights system;
  6. Legal pluralism and access to justice for persons in situations of vulnerability.
  1. Institutional policy and political relations between institutions promoting access to justice, government and civil society.

Shipping Information:

The authors may choose from among the options for sending their work. You can submit a summary for the first close limit (31 of December) and, if approved, send a full article for the second close limit (April 30) or send a summary and article for the first close limit (31) December), to receive a quicker response from the Academic Commission.

  1. The abstracts should be written in less than the following languages: English, French, Portuguese or Spanish, in Times New Roman, 12, simple space, maximum 500 words.
  2. Articles should be written in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish, in Times New Roman font, 12 font, double spacing, and should contain contention between 6.000 and 8.000 words.
  3. Submissions must be accompanied by the contact information of the author (s), author biography (maximum 200 words per author), title of the article, summary of languages ​​and article. If you have a full article, you can send it along with the summary for a quicker reply to your submission.
  4. Abstracts and articles should include word indentation.
  5. Photographs and graphics should be included, but on a separate page, after the last page of the article and before the reference page.
  6. Photographs and graphics should include the number, description, and image source.
  7. Manuscripts should follow the author-close format of the APA Style Manual for citations and references. Instructions in:
  8. Abstracts and articles will be approved according to peer review
  9. Each shipment may have up to four co-authors.
  10. Abstracts and articles should be sent in Word format, only through the link.

Copyright Policy

The authors will retain the author's author's sent material and otorgarán to the Academic Committee authorization to publish articles under an 4.0 International Commercial Attribution License (CC BY-NC 4.0) The authors will be responsible for guaranteeing the proper use of copyright in case it is necessary and should be sent before publication. The Academic Committee will not be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from the sending of work.


Close limit for sending abstracts: 31 December 2019

Answer about approval of abstracts: 29 of febrero of 2020

Close item for full article submission: 30 April 2020

Lanzamiento del libro: December 2020


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Academic Committee

The Academic Committee is composed of teachers and experts from the following institutions:

  • Mexico Economic Research and Teaching Center
  • Institute of Research and Studies in Human Rights Culture, Mexico
  • Central University of Ecuador
  • University of Buenos Aires
  • University of Chile
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of San Pablo
  • Río de Janeiro State University
  • Fluminense Federal University
  • National University of Colombia


This call for electronic work and books is supported by the following institutions:

  • Association of Public Defenders of the State of Ceará - ADPEC
  • Association of Public Defenders of the State of Rio de Janeiro - ADPERJ
  • Inter-American Association of Public Defenders - AIDEF
  • National Association of Public Defenders - ANADEP / Brazil
  • Block of Official Public Defenders of Mercosur - BLODEPM
  • Research Center and Human Resources Education of the University of Ottawa - HRREC
  • Forum Justicia - FJ
  • Derechos and Social Movements Research Institute - IPDMS / Brazil
  • Institute for Research and Studies in Human Rights Culture - CULTURADH / Mexico
  • Access to the Justice and Justice Project - ADAJ / Québec-Canada